Associate Professional – Publications

Secretariat of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
  • Location
    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Oct 10

Position description

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is an inter-governmental organisation headquartered in Abu Dhabi, mandated to promote the widespread and increased adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy in the pursuit of sustainable development, energy access, energy security and low-carbon economic growth and prosperity. IRENA’s mission is to play a leading role in the ongoing transformation of the global energy systems as a centre of excellence for knowledge and innovation, a global voice of renewable energy, a network hub for all stakeholders and a source of advice and support for countries. At present, IRENA has 160 Members (159 States and the European Union) that acceded to its Statute, and 23 additional States in the process of accession and actively engaged.


Publications are one of IRENA’s key products. They help to highlight renewables as a low-carbon energy solution a way to fulfil Sustainable Development Goals.


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of IRENA’s Senior Editor and in close co-ordination with other teams and colleagues, the Associate Professional – Publications will provide editorial support through a range of tasks. These broadly include editorial co-ordination, content development and file and archive management.

Specific tasks and responsibilities include:

  1. Editorial Co-ordination
  • Monitor the status and flow of draft publications and related projects, liaising with programmatic and administrative staff Agency-wide to collect relevant information;
  • Maintain annual and quarterly publication calendars, helping to determine realistic production schedules and uphold editorial requirements;
  • Co-ordinate multilingual translation processes, ensuring rigorous quality control and supporting timely delivery;
  • Contribute to regular updating and improvement of IRENA style guides and design templates;
  • Co-ordinate with communications and IT colleagues to ensure smooth integration of online publications with other web-based content. 
  • Organise publication displays, prepare packages of printed or electronic materials and provide communications and logistical support as needed at high-profile conferences and events; 
  • Carry out other related duties as required.

 2. Content Development

  • Review the online presentation of report content, ensuring clarity and accuracy while maintaining close alignment with external communications priorities;
  • Assist in the development of concise summaries and graphic-driven supplements based on key messages from research-based programmatic publications;
  • Help to upgrade and update topic-based web pages, ensuring optimal and functional links to publication content; 
  • Write and edit articles for IRENA web pages and newsletters;
  • Identify and implement corrections and updates to past publication pages.

3. Archiving 

  • Carry out systematic ISBN registration for new publications;
  • Maintain and develop the storage system for InDesign source files, allowing quick retrieval of final publication layouts, figures and branding elements whenever needed;
  • Maintain and develop print and electronic publication archives.




Professionalism: Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates growing professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organisational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision.


Applicants should be no more than 32 years of age at the time of submitting their applications.

Education: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Communications, International Relations/Public Affairs, Journalism, Marketing, Political Science or related disciplines. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience: Strong editing and writing skills are essential, along with good time management and the ability to prioritise and handle concurrent tasks. Knowledge of common publishing, image preparation and content management software would be helpful (experience with HTML, Photoshop, InDesign and similar software preferred). Basic familiarity with renewable energy technologies and enthusiasm for the transformation of the global energy system is also desirable.

Language: Excellent command of written and spoken English is essential. Working proficiency in other languages could be an advantage.

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